Executive committee of SHEQSC and guest speakers
The Safety Health Environment Quality Student Chapter (SHEQSC), under the Faculty of Human Sciences hosted a seminar on 17 May to help bridge the gap between the corporate world and the institution.
Speakers from various companies were invited to supplement the theory given in class by giving Safety Management students insights on what their day-to-day job entails, guidance and practical support.
The founding executive member of SHEQSC, Georgia Losie highlighted, in his welcoming address, the importance of carrying out the tasks of the chapter with pride and going the extra mile as Safety Students to ensure waste management and the safety of everyone on campus.
Bearing in mind the recent disasters and environmental risks such as the Durban floods, cyclones in Mozambique and challenges on campus, guest speaker Mr Tshilidzi Munasi, founder of VUWA Holdings and many other companies asked: “What have we learned? What can the Safety Students do to assist the country and the university? As safety students you should know all the risks that are there and see them as opportunities that will contribute to job creation!” he said.
Other topics like hygiene and mining were discussed by Ben Lourens, a VUT alumnus; quality management was explained by another VUT alumnus, Avusiwe Jim; EHS Files were discussed by Kelvin Bheehane; and bridging the gap was outlined by Zola Pato.
Among many other things the importance of values was discussed: “Do not compromise in safety,” said Mr Lourens. He also encouraged the students to build solid networks and attend seminars of this nature.
“If you don’t find value in what you do. What you do won’t value you. As safety students close the gaps around you,” said Ms Jim.
The students claim that the seminar was very insightful, related to the theory they do in class and as advised will do their best in championing change around them. As a result of the seminar, eight students were afforded internship programmes.